Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview

This unit introduces students to recent developments in literary and cultural studies in Australia and internationally, focusing on the history of the book and readership, book futures, publishing industry history, contemporary electronic publishing of literature, and literature in public culture. The unit might also involve a case study of a contemporary author or recently published literary text (including Westerly). The content and objectives of the unit tie in with the literature strand of the Australian curriculum in English and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority.
6 points

Students are able to (1) understand recent disciplinary developments within literary and cultural studies that focus on the material history of books, libraries and publishing, and in e-research; (2) situate their reading and understanding of texts in relation to theoretical, historical and critical frameworks and questions; (3) develop knowledge about the range of specific theories and methodologies appropriate to textual cultures; (4) discuss responses to texts and relevant issues in the seminar situation; and (5) research an aspect of textual culture in Australia.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an annotated bibliography; (2) a research essay; and (3) a seminar paper/presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
2.5 hours per week (over 10 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.